Supervisor: Art, Culture + Tourism Deputy Director, Lizzie Araujo
About The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T):
The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.
About the NPAI:
The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is an annual summer-long performing arts series that encourages Providence-based non-profit organizations and artists to create public programming for the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
A testament to excellence in cross-departmental work; the partnership with Parks & Recreation allows the city to present high-quality, accessible performing arts in neighborhood parks throughout the city during July and August.
The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism awards funding to Providence arts organizations and neighborhood groups. These organizations employ hundreds of Providence artists, engage youth in the arts and provide entertainment in every city neighborhood.
In 2016, NPAI served fifteen of the city’s twenty-five neighborhoods. The Partnership worked with approximately eight Friends Groups and nine artists to organize and advertise fifteen individual performances across ten events. Over 790 people attended these events, which is approximately 160 more than in 2015. The racial demographics of our attendees across all the performances are as follows: 30% African American, 20% Hispanic, 40% Caucasian, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% Other/Native American/unknown.
Desired Skills and Competencies:
· Interest in working within city government and arts bureaucracy
· Comfort and interest in working in racially and class-diverse public settings
· Experience working as or with visual and performing artists
· Ability to liaise with and reach out to diverse stakeholders, including representatives from community groups, nonprofits, and other neighborhood-based constituents
· Comfort with public transportation and/or access to private transportation
· Competency with community-based ethnographic/social science norms and standards
Roles and Responsibilities
· Works with all NPAI stakeholders to ensure that production and equipment needs are met well before the date of performances
· Liaises between AC+T, Parks & Rec, and NPAI grantees to ensure an enriching and robust experience for the public
· Conducts evaluation at all NPAI performances and digitally inputs data for funder reporting
· Offers an excellent “front-of house” or customer service experience to all members of the public
· Documents events with photography and video (This would be above and beyond, but would be more than appropriate for the right candidate)
Deliverables and Opportunities
· Creates final report offering research-based findings about audience demographics (socio-economic, ethnic etc.) as well as artistic interest and experience
· Recommends any and all curatorial or programmatic changes that might enhance the public experience of NPAI in years to come
· Shares data and documentation with the public through creative means (eg. Blog posts with photographs: http://artculturetourism.com/celebrate-providence/)
· Integrate community based research findings with concrete and practicable recommendations
· Develop social and emotional intelligence through working with and on behalf of complex and dynamic publics
· Produce accessible relevant reports that help AC+T continue to tell the story of NPAI’s relevance and impact in the city
Lizzie Araujo has a robust background in event and arts management and has worked for numerous cultural institutions around the city, including the Providence Black Repertory Company, Fete, Lupo’s, AS220, The Met Café, and The Decatur Lounge. Araujo specializes in what she calls “grassroots event organizing,” a combination of nuts and bolts production expertise, and the soft, coalition-building skills necessary to organize diverse publics around art and culture events. She is delighted to share her network and skills with an iProv intern.
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